Poll Archives

What is your preferred source for information about new products?

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  1. trade publications (60.0%)
  2. trade shows (10.0%)
  3. Internet (15.0%)
  4. distributors (5.0%)
  5. sales & marketing reps (10.0%)

What is the key to reinvigorating the aquarium hobby?

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  1. Expose more young people to the hobby (42.9%)
  2. Focus on products that make aquarium keeping easier (21.4%)
  3. Focus on products that make aquarium keeping less expensive (14.3%)
  4. Offering services to make aquarium hobbyists successful (14.3%)
  5. Prominently position in-store aquarium displays (7.1%)

What is the biggest threat currently facing independent pet stores?

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  1. Misguided legislation/regulation (15.8%)
  2. Uncertain economy (21.1%)
  3. Competition from mass/grocery retailers (10.5%)
  4. Competition from big-box pet stores (36.8%)
  5. Declining ownership in certain pet categories (5.3%)
  6. Supplier consolidation (10.5%)

How big of an impact will shifting consumer demographics have on the pet industry?

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  1. It will cause contraction in the industry (11.1%)
  2. It will permanently slow industry growth (16.7%)
  3. It will temporarily slow industry growth (44.4%)
  4. It will not slow the industry down at all (27.8%)

How do you expect distributor consolidation to impact your retail business?

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  1. It will hurt my business (55.0%)
  2. It will help my business (30.0%)
  3. It won't affect my business (15.0%)